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noun lèse–ma·jes·té \ˌlāz-ˈma-jə-stē, ˌlez-, ˌlēz-\

Definition of lèse–majesté

  1. 1 a :  a crime (as treason) committed against a sovereign power b :  an offense violating the dignity of a ruler as the representative of a sovereign power

  2. 2 :  a detraction from or affront to dignity or importance

Variants of lèse–majesté

or lese majesty play \ˌlāz-ˈma-jə-stē, ˌlez-, ˌlēz-\

Origin of lèse–majesté

Middle French lese majesté, from Latin laesa majestas, literally, injured majesty

First Known Use: 1536

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to manage or play awkwardly

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